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Hollywood Salutes Linemen Community Events


Help us promote your event by sending event details in advance. Please send event information to Jennifer Boling/Inside Your Co-op/ PO Box 758, Hugo, OK 74743; or e-mail info to jboling@choctawelectric.coop. Events and


dates are subject to change.


OCTOBER 2-4 2-3


8-11 9-11 10-18 10 12 6-18 31 Honobia Big Foot Festival


Deer Festival and Outdoor Show, Fairgrounds, Antlers


Winter Creek Reunion Dulcimer & Acoustic Music Festival, Bennington Masters at Work Competition


& Exhibition, Forest Heritage Center, Broken Bow


Lumberjax Festival Wright City


Columbus Day. CEC office closed for the holiday To report a power outage, please call 800-780-6486.


Kiamichi Independent Bikers Fall Rally and Bike Show Idabel


Talihina Fall Foliage Festival Talihina School Gym


NOVEMBER 11


13-15 26


Veterans Day, CEC offices closed. To report an outage, call 800-780-6486.


Beavers Bend Folk Festival & Craft Show Thanksgiving


DECEMBER 4 5


13 25 31


City of Lights, Idabel Atoka Christmas Parade Valliant Christmas Parade Christmas


New Year’s Eve


Film crews recreate the drama of an impending storm on the set of “Life on the Line.”


6 | october 2015


Travolta lends star power to his role in “Life on the Line.”


ollywood has gone and done it. After years of late night phone calls demanding all-night work in raging weather, all the while handling an energy source capable of frying your innards in a split second, electric linemen finally get their due.


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The movie “Life on the Line” depicts linemen struggling to hold their lives together while battling a major storm. Starring John Travolta, Kate Bosworth, Devon Sawa and Sharon Stone, the action flick is attracting plenty of Facebook fans among real linemen who are eager—and rightly so— to see their profession honored on the big screen.


In the movie Travolta— sporting a neatly trimmed beard, deep southern drawl and looking awfully handsome in his


John Travolta as Beau in Life on the Line.


hard hat—is called on to restore power during a deadly super storm. Make that a super-duper storm. An F10 twister with a side of Hurricane Katrina layered in a tsunami. With the storm front and center, a whirlwind of human drama plays out as relationships with spouses and loved ones teeter on the brink.


To prepare for his role, Travolta spent time with real linemen learning the trade. Known for his commitment to accuracy, the down-to-earth actor listened, asked questions and took copious notes.


In a YouTube clip, Travolta addressed linemen participating in the International Lineman’s Rodeo and Expo.“I hope we are going to do you all justice in our portrayal of power linemen,” Travolta said. “It is my job, and our job as a cast, to do these things accurately enough so you don’t sit in the audience and think we are being foolish.”


The fourth most dangerous occupation in the world, the lineman’s job can be fraught with real life drama. As further tribute to those who keep the power flowing, the movie credits will include scrolling images of past, current and fallen linemen. Movie producers posted online notices encouraging linemen to submit photos.


With no release date available on “Life on the Line,” it’s too soon to know if it will energize movie goers or plunge them into dark disappointment. One thing is certain, co-op linemen are eager to see it.


Watch a trailer for the movie on YouTube at https://www.youtube. com/watch?v=1EogvyCCXOs.


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